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Wayward Reads
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Wayward on Words
Florida Crackers
The Surprise at the End!

Wayward Reads

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Good Housekeeping has a list of "The 25 Best Summer Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List." I have to ask...who has time to read 25 books this summer, much less 25 in addition to those she already has on her summer reading list? If you're looking for one or two, here are some of their suggestions:

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
"Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. " Well, I'm getting pretty old, so this might be my kind of read!

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
"When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where her estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. " Hmm. Magic. Maybe.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
"Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he's defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride. " This sounds wonderful!

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
"It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep." This promises to be a lot of fun!

Summer Reading
The New York Times has posted an article titled, "The 'It Books' of Summers Past" in which they look back at the books that "defined"  the past 50 summers. Here are some examples: 

From 1997: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer 

A "minute-by-minute account of a real-life Everest expedition gone wrong." Sadly apropos.

From 1969: The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton 
about a deadly extraterrestrial plague that arrives on a downed military satellite...perfectly timed: It came out shortly before the 1969 lunar landing, when people were worried that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would bring strange germs home from the moon. " Cool.

From 1994: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
"...a love letter to Savannah, with a murder embedded in its very heart." I was working at Waldenbooks at the time and it was crazy wild!

From 2010: The Passage by Justin Cronin
"Stephen King...called in to ‘‘Good Morning America’’ to tell Cronin, ‘‘You put the scare back in vampires, buddy!’’ Never mind that the book was over 700 pages — it was the vacation book to end all vacation books." I'm scared just thinking about it!

Mini Reviews
Allie and Bea by Catherine Ryan Hyde
I was surprised to find a CRH book that I wasn't thrilled by. Heavy on the moralizing.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

A delightful read.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

You, Me & Mr. Blue Sky by Elisa Lorello and Craig Lancaster
With Lancaster's name on the cover, I was excited, but came away rather disappointed. Mr. Blue Sky only got in the way, if you ask me.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars

Wayward Recommends
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old  by Hendrik Groen

I believe the true author of this novel remains anonymous. It was a joy to read. 
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars

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Wayward on Words

Some of the hardest to spell words in the English language, according to Babbel and Merriam-Webster, who teamed up to give us the words that knocked most contestants out of the National Spelling Bee in the final round over the past decade*:

bondieuserie: Origin: French. Pronunciation: bohn-dyooz-ree. Means: banal and often shoddy religious art. 

ayacahuite: Origin: Spanish. Pronunciation: ah-ja-ka-WEE-tay. Means: a large Mexican pine tree with long needles and extremely (yes, they said extremely) large yellowish red cones.

vitrophyre: Origin: German. Pronunciation: vee-tro-FUHR. Means: rock having distinct crystals in a relatively fine-grained glassy base.

tyee: Origin: Chinook. Pronunciation: TAHY-ee. (That didn't help at all.) Means: a king or Chinook salmon, especially when of large size.

bewusstseinslage: Origin: Germin (duh). Pronunciation: beh-VUST-zines-laggeh. Means: a state of consciousness or a feeling devoid of sensory components.

Well, I'm definitely enjoying some bewussteinslage after going through these words. 

*From CNN's "These are the hardest-to-spell words in the English language."


Florida Crackers

Well, this is wonderful for the little blue heron. Not so much for the frog. He did manage to swallow it (the heron swallowed the frog, not the other way around, of course). This picture was taken on June 6, 2019, along Black Point Wildlife Drive in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, on the Space Coast of Central Florida.


Verses: Faiz Ulla
by Laurence Hope 
(Adela Florence Cory Nicolson)

Just in the hush before dawn
A little wistful wind is born.
A little chilly errant breeze,
That thrills the grasses, stirs the trees.
And, as it wanders on its way,
While yet the night is cool and dark,
The first carol of the lark, -
Its plaintive murmurs seem to say
"I wait the sorrows of the day."

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The Surprise at the End!

This beautiful kitty was photographed by John Johnson and the picture made available via Flickr 
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